80 chemists closed down in crackdown
The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) yesterday closed down at least 80 chemists in Nairobi and parts of Kajiado County during a crackdown on sale of illegal and substandard drugs.
Inspectors from the board in conjunction with the National Police Service (NPS) has been carrying out the crackdown in the last few weeks where about 43 people have so far been arrested and their stock seized.
In a press briefing yesterday at the Nairobi Regional Commissioners office at Nyayo house, the Poisons Senior Inspector of Drugs Julius Kalual, Nairobi region promised to have more raids that will see all clinics across the city have been closed down, stocks seized and more people charged in court.
“We were able to identify most of these clinics after a mapping exercise which we carried together with the Ministry of Interior. This is not the end, we will continue with our crackdowns until all these cartels have been brought to book”, he warned.
Kalual disclosed that some of the pharmacies they raided were found with suspected government drugs adding that several suspects were arrested and charged with possession of government stores.
The board said the crackdown is a continuous operation that started in Central, Coast and Nairobi regions and will be extended to other parts of the country.
In Nairobi, board said only 1889 outlets have been captured in their system.